Douglas Goodin: Ice Waves
“For a few fleeting days in autumn, mountain lakes above 11,000 feet freeze during the night to form highly reflective, crystal clear ice. During the day, the warm sun, exceptionally low humidity, and low air pressure cause the ice to sublimate (change from ice directly to vapor). This sublimation process forms dips in the surface; each depression acts as a lens to further focus the sunlight on the ice, causing this process to accelerate. If these conditions continue for a few days without snowfall, the lake ice appears to be made of flash-frozen waves. I hope I have captured something of the astonishing mystery of these formations in this image of Ice Waves.”
Douglas Goodin divides his time between wildlife photography and landscape photography. Ever since a childhood vacation in Rocky Mountain National Park, Doug has dreamed of making his home near these impressive mountains. Finally in adulthood he achieved this dream when he relocated to Boulder, Colorado. His proximity to both the plains to the east and 14,000-foot peaks to the west makes it easy for him to be a frequent visitor to them both. Doug’s fascination with the ephemeral winter ice formations created by the wind and sun drives him to hike into the realm of the Rockies’ high altitude lakes.